Fight against terrorism
In the light of the tragic events in Paris ministers discussed the fight against terrorism. They assessed the actions undertaken so far and reflected on the way forward. They also endorsed an agreement with the European Parliament on new rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.
2015 European Commission work programme
The Council adopted conclusions welcoming the Commission's 2015 work programme which sets out a number of priority initiatives broadly reflecting the Strategic Agenda, adopted by the European Council in June 2014.
At a lunch discussion with Commission Vice-President Timmermans ministers expressed concerns about the intended withdrawal by the Commission of its proposals on waste and air quality. The Presidency indicated its readiness to continue work on both of these proposals.